Chronic Low Back Pain with Mood Symptoms Study
Have you had chronic low back pain for at least six months and also have depression or anxiety symptoms? Are you aged 18-75? You may be able to participate in a research study to compare antidepressant medication and physical therapy for people with chronic low back who also have anxiety and depression symptoms. Compensation is provided.
Metformin & Low Back Pain Research Study
Have you been diagnosed with chronic low back pain? If so, you may be able to take part in a research study to help find out if a drug called metformin can improve low back pain. Participation involves up to 6 in-person visits over 12-15 months. Compensation is provided.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
Improving Coping Skills to Reduce Stress and Improve Pain Management in People with Chronic Low Back Pain
Are you 18-70 years old? Have you had chronic low back pain diagnosed by a doctor for at least 6 months? You may be able to participate in a study to help understand the benefits of a brief, two-week online training for wellness and coping skills in persons with chronic low back pain. This study involves 3 in-person visits to Duquesne University and 14 days using the online training program.
Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Study
Are you 45-80 years old and have chronic knee pain associated with knee osteoarthritis? You may be able to participate in a research study to help find out how the body responds to pain. This study involves one in-person visit that lasts about four hours. Compensation is provided
Are you currently experiencing low back pain? Did this episode of back pain start in the last three months? You may be eligible to participate in a research study comparing different therapies to treat low back pain and prevent it from reoccurring in the future. Participants will be compensated.
Do you have knee pain caused by osteoarthritis? You may be able to participate in a study to test a new technology designed to improve mobility and knee pain. This study involves one testing session that will last about 1.5-2 hours. Compensation is provided.
Physical Therapy Study for Low Back & Hip Pain in Older Adults
Have you had low back pain for at least 3 months? Do you also have hip pain? Are you aged 60-85? If so, you may be able to take part in a research study comparing two different physical therapy treatments for older adults with back and hip pain. Study involves evaluations by a trained physical therapist and 8 weeks of physical therapy, twice per week. Compensation provided.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
OPTIMUM Research Study
Are you bothered by chronic low back pain? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to find out if group mindfulness meditation sessions can help people reduce their chronic low back pain. This study involves attending eight weekly sessions and completing surveys and an interview. Study sessions can take place in person or by video. Compensation is provided.
Strategies to Promote Resiliency (SPRY) Study
Are you planning to have elective surgery at UPMC? Are you 60 years of age or older and do not have diabetes? You may be able to participate in a research study to find out if the drug metformin results in fewer complications and better outcomes after surgery. Compensation is provided.
Ketamine in Opioid-Tolerant Patients Undergoing Spine Surgery
Do you take prescription opioid pain relievers for back pain and are you scheduled to have lumbar, thoracic, or cervical spine surgery? Are you 18-70? You may be able to take part in a research study to better understand how ketamine affects pain and opioid use after surgery. Eligible participants are scheduled for surgery with Dr. Okonkwo or Dr. Hamilton. Compensation will be provided.